G15: Isn't it time for a 1.1 firmware?

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edu T
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G15: Isn't it time for a 1.1 firmware?
Jul 24, 2013

For corrections, comments, and additions, here’s one cursory wishlist…

1 Raw + "Custom JPEG" enabled

That is, allowing for I-contrast, MyColors, etc. on the JPEG side. (After all, WB fine tuning is enabled anyway.)

2 Hand-held HDR

What would be needed is just an aligning algorithm... But wait, it’s already there! (for the "Handheld NightScene" mode.)

3 Movie button can be re-purposed as a 2nd shortcut button.

For example, it would make for a pretty handy AF-lock button, right above the dedicated AE-lock button. (In this case you could spare the original "S" button for, say, drive mode or white balance.) Of course it would duly default to movie when the mode dial is set to video shooting.

4 AE-lock beep volume under control

If I can set independently the volume of the start-up sound, how come the only way to lower the audible AE-lock signal is fully muting all of the sounds?

5 B-time value available

There is already a shutter release jack from which a second actuation could close the shutter.

6 Program shift assignable to the front dial

This is a bit subtle and/or personal. Even though the control dials are quite customizable, I’ve found out that the one combination that to me would be most handy and consistent throughout modes is plainly impossible. (To wit: under Tv and Av respectively, shutter speed and aperture set by the front dial, as it’s the most proeminent and haptic control point; under P mode, program shift up there as well, for the very same reason.)

7 A simple interval timer

In addition to the already well implemented self-timer, it would be convenient to be able to set an interval between the N shots.

8 "FREE THE ISO NOW!"

For exposures longer than 1 sec. (Last but not least...)

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PS: I’m aware CHDK deals with a few of the items above and much more, but I reckon this list is not really about adding features and more about simple or trivial revisions/improvements that might well be set in firmware to begin with.

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Mark B.
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In reply to edu T, Jul 24, 2013

With rare exception, Canon doesn't do firmware updates to add features; only to fix problems.

edu T wrote:

For corrections, comments, and additions, here’s one cursory wishlist…

1 Raw + "Custom JPEG" enabled

That is, allowing for I-contrast, MyColors, etc. on the JPEG side. (After all, WB fine tuning is enabled anyway.)

2 Hand-held HDR

What would be needed is just an aligning algorithm... But wait, it’s already there! (for the "Handheld NightScene" mode.)

3 Movie button can be re-purposed as a 2nd shortcut button.

For example, it would make for a pretty handy AF-lock button, right above the dedicated AE-lock button. (In this case you could spare the original "S" button for, say, drive mode or white balance.) Of course it would duly default to movie when the mode dial is set to video shooting.

4 AE-lock beep volume under control

If I can set independently the volume of the start-up sound, how come the only way to lower the audible AE-lock signal is fully muting all of the sounds?

5 B-time value available

There is already a shutter release jack from which a second actuation could close the shutter.

6 Program shift assignable to the front dial

This is a bit subtle and/or personal. Even though the control dials are quite customizable, I’ve found out that the one combination that to me would be most handy and consistent throughout modes is plainly impossible. (To wit: under Tv and Av respectively, shutter speed and aperture set by the front dial, as it’s the most proeminent and haptic control point; under P mode, program shift up there as well, for the very same reason.)

7 A simple interval timer

In addition to the already well implemented self-timer, it would be convenient to be able to set an interval between the N shots.

8 "FREE THE ISO NOW!"

For exposures longer than 1 sec. (Last but not least...)

-- hide signature --

PS: I’m aware CHDK deals with a few of the items above and much more, but I reckon this list is not really about adding features and more about simple or trivial revisions/improvements that might well be set in firmware to begin with.

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edu T
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In reply to Mark B., Jul 24, 2013

Mark B. wrote:

With rare exception, Canon doesn't do firmware updates to add features; only to fix problems.

edu T wrote:

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1 Raw + "Custom JPEG" enabled

4 AE-lock beep volume under control

8 "FREE THE ISO NOW!"

PS: I’m aware CHDK deals with a few of the items above and much more, but I reckon this list is not really about adding features and more about simple or trivial revisions/improvements that might well be set in firmware to begin with.

To me the 3 items above, I mean, the lack thereof, areproblems.

Not huge ones, sure, else I wouldn't have bought a G15. Anyway, more specifically, 4 looks like a simple oversight and 1 & 8 are arguably crippling-by-design symptoms.

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edu T wrote:

Mark B. wrote:

With rare exception, Canon doesn't do firmware updates to add features; only to fix problems.

edu T wrote:

. . .

1 Raw + "Custom JPEG" enabled

4 AE-lock beep volume under control

8 "FREE THE ISO NOW!"

PS: I’m aware CHDK deals with a few of the items above and much more, but I reckon this list is not really about adding features and more about simple or trivial revisions/improvements that might well be set in firmware to begin with.

To me the 3 items above, I mean, the lack thereof, areproblems.

Not huge ones, sure, else I wouldn't have bought a G15. Anyway, more specifically, 4 looks like a simple oversight and 1 & 8 are arguably crippling-by-design symptoms.

Nope, those are features, sorry   If the manual indicated you could do any one of these, and it wasn't working as described then it would be addressed.

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In reply to edu T, Jul 25, 2013

edu T wrote:

For corrections, comments, and additions, here’s one cursory wishlist…

Manufacturers generally issue a firmware update to FIX problems, not add new features.  The idea product never needs an update because they got it right from the start.  The most popular "fix" i see listed in camera firmware announcements?  Menu system:Typos, etc.

Canon added functionality to the 7D and 5D2, but those are $1800 and $2700 camera they knew they'd be selling for 3+ years.  A $500 camera like the G15 is one they want to not work on after it starts its production run.

1 Raw + "Custom JPEG" enabled

That is, allowing for I-contrast, MyColors, etc. on the JPEG side. (After all, WB fine tuning is enabled anyway.)

2 Hand-held HDR

What would be needed is just an aligning algorithm... But wait, it’s already there! (for the "Handheld NightScene" mode.)

What each mode is doing is probably rather different.  The HDR exposing for the shadows will probably be a longer exposure than what the night scene does since it isn't exposing the shadows just trying to not get a blurry photo.

3 Movie button can be re-purposed as a 2nd shortcut butto

For example, it would make for a pretty handy AF-lock button, right above the dedicated AE-lock button. (In this case you could spare the original "S" button for, say, drive mode or white balance.) Of course it would duly default to movie when the mode dial is set to video shooting.

No thanks.  It is unwise to add options that are not in the user manual.  I want the video button to always be record video.  I don't even use the shortcut button.  No need.

4 AE-lock beep volume under control

If I can set independently the volume of the start-up sound, how come the only way to lower the audible AE-lock signal is fully muting all of the sounds?

5 B-time value available

There is already a shutter release jack from which a second actuation could close the shutter.

6 Program shift assignable to the front dial

This is a bit subtle and/or personal. Even though the control dials are quite customizable, I’ve found out that the one combination that to me would be most handy and consistent throughout modes is plainly impossible. (To wit: under Tv and Av respectively, shutter speed and aperture set by the front dial, as it’s the most proeminent and haptic control point; under P mode, program shift up there as well, for the very same reason.)

7 A simple interval timer

In addition to the already well implemented self-timer, it would be convenient to be able to set an interval between the N shots.

Canon doesn't have this on their dSLRs, they certainly wouldn't put it in a $500 P&S.

8 "FREE THE ISO NOW!"

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In reply to RedFox88, Jul 25, 2013

RedFox88 wrote:

7 A simple interval timer

In addition to the already well implemented self-timer, it would be convenient to be able to set an interval between the N shots.

Canon doesn't have this on their dSLRs, they certainly wouldn't put it in a $500 P&S.

This is a feature their P&S used to have up until some 5 years ago; the last model that I'm aware having it was the SD-880IS.

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In reply to edu T, Jul 25, 2013

CHDK will cover a big part of your list for you.

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